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Tweeters tell Jacob Zuma what to say

2011-02-03 09:35

Johannesburg - Potholes, free education and ANC Youth League president Julius Malema should be included in President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address next week, according to Twitter users.

"Create more jobs, stop wasting the taxpayers' money on nonsense, get rid of corruption and get rid of Julius [Malema]," wrote a user on the popular social network.

"Demand ambitious targets for the uptake of renewable energy. SA is one of the highest emitters of carbon per capita," said another.

A third said: "Potholes on NW roads. Worse than having no tar roads. We buy tyres and fix rims every few mnths (sic)."

This is the first time the presidency has used social media to gather ideas for the State of the Nation address.

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"We first joined the social networks when [Deputy President] Kgalema Motlanthe was still president, but our activity has steadily increased since President Zuma has been in office," the presidency said in a statement.

"We have quite active support on both Twitter and Facebook, and we feel that our followers represent quite a considerable part of our constituency, so we use the platforms to encourage suggestions and engagement."

The president's office said it would filter and select certain comments to be presented to Zuma.

The deadline for suggestions was originally Wednesday but had been extended to Sunday due to the service's popularity, presidency spokesperson Zizi Kodwa told Sapa.

"This is due to overwhelming interest shown by South Africans across all spectrums. This is in line with the President's vision of participatory democracy," he said.

Zuma will present the State of the Nation address on February 10 at 19:00.

Other Twitter comments included:

  •  "Use low cost web conferencing to deliver lessons/courses to 100 000 or more persons simultaneously";
  •  "Pls explain what SA Govt is doing right now to prepare SA for #peak oil scenarios regarding transport (sic)";
  •  "Desperately need to raise standard of primary & secondary education so that all are equal, wot about volunteer facilitation? (sic)"
 

Comments
  • Melly30 - 2011-02-03 09:48

    NOW MR ZUMA, Please listen to what the public want... Actually why dont' you just bugger off and let another party run SA...

      NUZ - 2011-02-03 10:24

      Which party are u talking about...lol?

      Melly30 - 2011-02-03 10:25

      It's a secret!!!

      Tshifhiwa - 2011-02-03 11:01

      You must vote for the party that you want to rule.

      BigD - 2011-02-03 11:19

      @Tshifiwa. Surley you cannot want anc to rule for another 5 years.

      Melly30 - 2011-02-03 11:26

      kaps, it will never be like that again... We have all learnt our lesson!!!! We are a nation and we will remain a nation... Vote for the right PARTY - Let SA become a beautiful place for all!! Without the ANC

      damascus - 2011-02-03 12:18

      Yeah honestly it wont be the same again. Only thing we’ll do is to change affirmative action, so that it will be in our favour. The tenders will go to people who can handle finances and that’s US. Only the basic things that have changed since ’94, that make our lives a living hell will have to be restored to their normal state. I mean you black people are built tough, we really can’t handle this and it’s only been 17 yrs, maar fok nou. We need change

      Mike Webber - 2011-02-03 13:29

      What? A senior leader of the ANC listen? And to the public? Have you gone mad ???

      richard - 2011-02-03 14:41

      Yes, I don't think he gives a rats arse about what we want in this country. I WOULD SUGGEST HE GETS RID OF ALL THE CRIMINALS IN THE GOVERNMENT, but then we would have an EXTREMELY SMALL PARLIAMENT, without a president.

      Melly30 - 2011-02-03 15:14

      O and please shut your little moneky Malema up, he is thick as sh!t...

      ant177@24.com - 2011-02-03 15:51

      Yes can u replace your self with the DA thanx.

      markusbotha - 2011-02-03 16:25

      Thank you Tshifhiwa, your logic is flawless.

      markusbotha - 2011-02-03 16:54

      Imagine the possibilities if the DA would rule. Especially for the black community, they would be enriched the most. Listen up! Here's the plan. With the previous election there were ±15,340,000 votes placed but there are ±49,991,300 South African citizens. WHICH MEANS ONLY 35% COUNTRY VOTES!. There are ±4,584 700 white people(9.2% of the population) and ±39,682,600 black people(79.4% of the population). IF 99% of white people would vote for the DA that would bring us up to 33% of all votes. All we need then is ± 3,200 000 votes from black people the government pissed-off (that is less than 10% of the entire black population). WHICH MEANS! If you skip your manicure on voting day, we just might have a government that actually governs for the next term. We can WIN this election purely via human lazyness.

      Michael - 2011-02-04 00:32

      Zuma will take as much notice of you 'twits' as he did with his phone hotline!

      mariomobster - 2011-02-08 09:10

      You know perfectly well that if the election results do not match the expected (by gov) results, then the election will be declared null and void or the ANC will simply refuse to accept it. Plain and simple.

      Gumede - 2011-05-11 12:08

      Melly31 No party has done better than the ANC despite it shortfalls it has done a lot for all the races. There is no party for now that can compete against the ANC.

  • Melly30 - 2011-02-03 09:59

    And bring back the DEATH PENILTY FOR THOSE WHO RAPE MURDER MOLEST ANY HUMAN BEING... And THOSE WHO HARM ANY CHILD - HAND THEM TO THE PUBLIC WE WILL SORT THEM OUT!!!!!!!!!

      sp4ceman - 2011-02-03 10:33

      hahah, bring back the death penalty for murderers and then hand over people who harm children to the public so we can murder them.

      Melly30 - 2011-02-03 10:42

      HUH?

      IandI - 2011-02-03 11:07

      Years ago he had unprotected sex with a HIV positive woman. The death penalty may have already started for him.

      kaps - 2011-02-03 11:11

      i concur they must bring back death penalty and people will be scared to commit crime,rape,murder.car theft,car hijacking,we need to see a chnage in our country bring back death penalty please

  • kingoftomorr - 2011-02-03 10:05

    I watched this tool say a few words for the proteas, never in my life have i seen such a pathetic attempt at saying a speech

      Paul - 2011-02-03 11:29

      Everytime he tries to give a speech he stands and reads it word for word. Never makes eye contact with the people he is speaking to sure as hell doesnt seem to be prepared for it wonder if he even knows what he is reading.

      IandI - 2011-02-03 12:53

      Lack of formal education is the stumbling block here. He is largely "selftaught" and can only read what is written for him.He should at least practice-read his speech a few times before the occasion, otherwise we will see the same fiasco during the State of the Nation address.Make's one cringe everytime he makes a speech. Maybe she should do it in Zulu and get a translator?

      Mike Webber - 2011-02-03 13:18

      I saw him attempt a spontaneous camera interview at a fund-raising golf day. OMG, what a tosser. I'm not sure he finished grade 6.

  • Soothsayer - 2011-02-03 10:07

    More rural development in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape.We need proper roads please.Public hospitals are DISGRACE.

  • Rudi - 2011-02-03 10:17

    Get the three pillars right, ie Education, security, health. And #1 of the 3 is probably education!

      Mike Webber - 2011-02-03 13:23

      Tough to prioritize, depends who's affected most by the problem. The guy who's wife and kids were just hijacked at gunpoint want the thugs heads blown off, so security for him is number 1.

  • Logs01 - 2011-02-03 10:19

    Not easy to get rid of someone who's got you by the b@lls. He's got no guts for that, his b@lls are spoken for. Those are in Malenema's hold

  • Paul - 2011-02-03 10:24

    Love the way they plan to filter the comments he recieves. I am sure he wont see mine where I kindly asked him to reopen the case against him and do the honorable thing by pleading guilty. I also asked that he declares a state of emergency in farmlands where we are being murdered relentlessly. I further asked him to Dissolve the youth league and replace the leaders with less racist individuals. Doubt he gets that one. I suggested too that he creates new legislation forcbly ending the building of any new squatter camps, guess that will go down well. Finally I asked for the reintroduction of the death penalty for child rapists. Seeing as he was accused of being one himself, I reckon I know where his sympathy lies. The only one he will get is the one where I proposed a 3% increase in corporate tax to fund overeas business trips for premiers to actively seek business opportunities in places like the Bahamas and Monaco.

      Melly30 - 2011-02-03 10:31

      Well said Paul... But they don't give a rat's ass on what you or a want!!! It is about them and them only!! Just as long as they have what they want!!

  • Chris - 2011-02-03 10:39

    Mr President - You are the leader of our country. Start acting like one. People see things their icon does, and then they think it's okay. my president is doing it so I can too...it's filtering down - just look at the criminal stats of people in your party - and then look at your country men - dying of hunger and daily violence all because you Mister President is not standing up against things that does have an impact on each & every SA citizen. Corruption \ CRIME and having the massas (the people that vote your party to rule) in a worst state prior to 94. God bless our country.

  • Hardtalk - 2011-02-03 10:50

    Facebook and Twitter are fine but to rid us of this corrupt poor excuse of a government is through the ballet box. So wake up South Africa and get rid of them while there still is a South Africa. Once we have a decent government they can reopen the court cases that the ANC managed to shelf. Zuma’s, arms deal bribery case for one. Then they can investigate and prosecute all the rest of the corrupt rubbish. I know one thing; people of South Africa will be shocked at all the fraud and corruption that will come out of the woodwork. In the mean time enjoy the circus, as Zuma presents the State of the Nation address, watch how he struggles on any word more than four letters, as he licks his lips constantly and lies through his teeth. Watch and enjoy it will be his last.

      Paul - 2011-02-03 10:57

      A rather likeable guy once said that a great leader will never be found in a ballot box.

      Lance - 2011-02-03 12:58

      Nor a ballet box Paul. WTF is a ballet box?

  • Hardtalk - 2011-02-03 10:53

    Facebook and Twitter are fine but to rid us of this corrupt poor excuse of a government is through the ballet box. So wake up South Africa and get rid of them while there still is a South Africa. Once we have a decent government they can reopen the court cases that the ANC managed to shelf. Zuma’s, arms deal bribery case for one. Then they can investigate and prosecute all the rest of the corrupt rubbish. I know one thing; people of South Africa will be shocked at all the fraud and corruption that will come out of the woodwork. In the mean time enjoy the circus, as Zuma presents the State of the Nation address, watch how he struggles on any word more than four letters, as he licks his lips constantly and lies through his teeth. Watch and enjoy it will be his last.

      Melly30 - 2011-02-03 12:48

      I like your hardtalk...:)

  • whitespear@24.com - 2011-02-03 11:06

    Dear Zuma please stop breeding.

      exocist - 2011-02-03 13:36

      DEAR ZUMA, GET A WESTERN MEDICINE DOCTOR WHO CAN EXPLAIN TO YOU WHAT MAKES BABIES I'M SURE YOU STILL HAVE NOT LEARNED ABOUT THE BIRDS AND THE BEES FROM ALL YOUR WITCHDOCTORS KEEP MUMBA IN IT'S PANTS WHEN A WOMAN WALKS PAST

      Koos - 2011-02-03 16:41

      leave Zuma alone

  • bill - 2011-02-03 11:09

    Suggestions for Zuma: 1. Stick your head in the gas oven 2.switch it on 3. dont move until the angels come

      Melly30 - 2011-02-03 11:21

      There won't be any angels....

      sganja - 2011-02-03 14:01

      Lol...

  • Baas-Julius - 2011-02-03 12:06

    Please go back to school.

      sganja - 2011-02-03 14:01

      Lol some people wont change.

      Koos - 2011-02-03 16:41

      pizda

  • skochv - 2011-02-03 12:08

    our health standard still runnin low,especially in the rural areas..

      richard - 2011-02-03 14:26

      Yes my man indeed, these people waste money on changing prison and street and whatever names for the sake of apartheid, whilst the state hospitals are in a dire state. No medicine or barely any, no bedding, no decent staff, doctors etc etc etc.......! why waste money on parties when it can be utilized towards healthcare in the country. I guess they don't care because now they can afford to have a doctor flown to his house in order for them to treat him. And this is the government you support. Good luck, because they said the other day that the healthcare problems in the country will only be able to be fixed within five years. But is can bet you a buck the prison names will be changed by next year that is gonna cost you and me a few million bucks. Hypocrates the lot of them.

  • Perfume - 2011-02-03 12:12

    What are you doing about the rape and abuse on women and children, or are you screening the comments!!!!!!!

  • dracqlore - 2011-02-03 12:22

    Mr President. God put you in charge and ultimatly you'll have to give an account of what you've done down here.....

  • DeonL - 2011-02-03 12:27

    Higher education should never be free. Anything that becomes free loses value.

      sganja - 2011-02-03 14:02

      I agree but do poor people go to school?

      richard - 2011-02-03 14:29

      @Sganja. Man you can talk rubbish. Any child can go to school. Your government has seen to that. All the schools have a system and these kids are being helped. You say these things but you know nothing thereof.

      sganja - 2011-02-03 15:10

      @Richard im talking about higher education (universities),you how much they charge? and NSFAS alone is not enough even bursaries...

      mariomobster - 2011-02-08 09:16

      It is so that only SERIOUS students can enter. Not the usual - I get in then fail, then demand that I get the papers because it's my right or I'll burn the place down.

  • Jacqui.Khacham - 2011-02-03 12:33

    I would not call 7064 followers on Twitter, which represents 0.0001% of the population, as “active supporters”. The @PresidencyZA request for comments as quoted in the article are just about the only ones reflected on the Twitter hash tag #SONA2011 sent to the time of releasing the article. So suffice it to say that the response was not as overwhelming as the article suggests. I personally (@MizLadyJacki) have sent 5 tweets with the #SONA2011 on 27 January and these are not even reflected under the said hash tag. Possibly because I have not addressed these directly to @PresidencyZA, or there is a problem with Twitter. Anyway, I will retweet such. Nevertheless, I think the Presidency should have advertised more brazenly. It shames me that people such as Gareth Cliff have more than 85000 followers, in comparison to the Presidency!!

  • Jacqui.Khacham - 2011-02-03 12:41

    I would not call 7064 followers on Twitter, which represents 0.0001% of the population, as “active supporters”. The @PresidencyZA request for comments as quoted in the article are just about the only ones reflected on the Twitter hash tag #SONA2011 sent to the time of releasing the article. So suffice it to say that the response was not as overwhelming as the article suggests. I personally (@MizLadyJacki) have sent 5 tweets with the #SONA2011 on 27 January and these are not even reflected under the said hash tag. Possibly because I have not addressed these directly to @PresidencyZA, or there is a problem with Twitter. Anyway, I will retweet such. Nevertheless, I think the Presidency should have advertised more brazenly. It shames me that people such as Gareth Cliff have more than 85000 followers, in comparison to the Presidency!!

  • Jacqui.Khacham - 2011-02-03 12:50

    I would not call 7064 followers on Twitter, which represents 0.0001% of the population, as “active supporters”. The @PresidencyZA request for comments as quoted in the article are just about the only ones reflected on the Twitter hash tag #SONA2011 sent to the time of releasing the article. So suffice it to say that the response was not as overwhelming as the article suggests. I personally (@MizLadyJacki) have sent 5 tweets with the #SONA2011 on 27 January and these are not even reflected under the said hash tag. Possibly because I have not addressed these directly to @PresidencyZA, or there is a problem with Twitter. Anyway, I will retweet such. Nevertheless, I think the Presidency should have advertised more brazenly. It shames me that people such as Gareth Cliff have more than 85000 followers, in comparison to the Presidency!!

  • Mike Webber - 2011-02-03 13:15

    Oh no, is it that time again? Last year out esteemed leader couldn't string a cohesive sentence together. It was a 2-hour speech of nothing. All the usual political rhetoric but didn't say anything. I'll go play PlayStation for this 2-hour session thanks, I'll probably learn more about our country doing that.

      nndilekaphephu - 2011-02-03 13:59

      Whether you listen or not, he's not educated, right, but he's the president of your country. Live with it. Try to push that fact down your throat slowly, ok, ok, ok, there!

      SamuelMabena - 2011-02-03 14:03

      Mike has a point though, what did our president actually say last year during his speech? I don't remember much of it, I do remember him hardly touching on major issues like HIV and crime. It was very dissapointing

      ant177@24.com - 2011-02-03 16:07

      @ndileklapyourhead He is a f up he must go live with mugabe

  • Mojano - 2011-02-03 16:16

    In God' spirit please, leave Comrade Malema alone. We need young brave youth like him. whoever thinks malema is not fit for his position, I suggest you revist ANCYL history to find out what the ANCYL president actually supposed to do. He is not there to raise issues about youth funds, development and so on. We do have organisations dealing with that. Malema is there to challenge major issues that can destabalise our country i.e economy, racism and ensure that the majority benefits more. "Comrade Malema I say never and never again let anyone intimidate you" Say what you want to say. so far I am one of those who fully support your view. you are doing a great job comrade. Aloota!

      Chris - 2011-02-03 16:33

      Mojano - Malema is the the perfect role model for our youth and is doing a very good job in showing how someone need to live the life in the rainbow nation!

      markusbotha - 2011-02-03 16:57

      Let's just ignore that he would like to "kill the boer's" youth.

  • Seperetla - 2011-02-03 16:22

    I believe Media24 means "Twitters" not "tweeters",the latter being loudspeaker meant to produce high frequencies), the latter being a US based popular social networking site..........Modern Journalism!!!

      Seperetla - 2011-02-03 16:30

      I believe u meant "former" and not "latter" in the second line of your stupid comment

  • Tamirira - 2011-02-03 16:43

    I think the president must give another chance for the Zimbambweans living in the republic who did'n't manage to apply for their work permit.

      Chris - 2011-02-03 16:47

      they should have had a work permit even before they crossed our border. Oh sorry - they actaully illegally here so it's kinda legal in our rainbow nation - just remember that every person in our country need to work & eat. I also think it's best if we invite everyone from their fallen countries to come and enjoy the feeling of how it feels to start with one.

  • markusbotha - 2011-02-03 16:55

    Imagine the possibilities if the DA would rule. Especially for the black community, they would be enriched the most. Listen up! Here's the plan. With the previous election there were ±15,340,000 votes placed but there are ±49,991,300 South African citizens. WHICH MEANS ONLY 35% COUNTRY VOTES!. There are ±4,584 700 white people(9.2% of the population) and ±39,682,600 black people(79.4% of the population). IF 99% of white people would vote for the DA that would bring us up to 33% of all votes. All we need then is ± 3,200 000 votes from black people the government pissed-off (that is less than 10% of the entire black population). WHICH MEANS! If you skip your manicure on voting day, we just might have a government that actually governs for the next term. We can WIN this election purely via human lazyness.

  • Mbalenhle Thandeka - 2011-02-07 16:06

    please do something about teenage pregnancy. Ban the abortion to children under the age of 21 because they keep on having unprotected sex and they go to the abortion. The children social grant is also the problem, please do release the it to people over the age of 18 because we get children who are 15 getting social grant money.Please do take this serous if you do you will find out that the tax money will be saved,and you will be able to do what SA really need. Please don't use it to get married,please.

  • Poppy - 2011-02-07 20:26

    i THINK IT IS A GOOD IDEA THAT PEOPLE CAN GIVE THEIR OPITION ON MAIL. LETS HOPE WE DONT HAVE ANOTHER TUNISA, OR EGYPT ON OUR HANDS, AND THAT ZUMA AND MALEMA WAKE AND REPORT TO THE QUESTIONS ASKED....

  • Chris - 2011-02-07 21:14

    So does Malema and everyone else! Whats New.. thought he can do it on his own?

  • Gumede - 2011-05-11 12:14

    Malema is still a Youth and as you might know being a youth means you a subjected to mistakes let him make mistakes but within the confines of the organisation. Stop swearing our leaders.

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